Melbourne Students to Return to Remote Learning Amid Lockdown
Most students in Australia’s second-biggest city will go back to remote learning as officials grapple with coronavirus outbreaks.
All prep to year 10 students at government schools across Melbourne will return to learning from home starting July 20 until at least Aug. 19, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews told a press conference Sunday. Students with special needs or who are children of essential workers will be able to attend school in person.
“If we simply allow all of our kids to move around, parents doing drop-offs and pick-ups, if we pretend that this isn’t real, then that will put at risk this strategy,” he said.
Melbourne is in the midst of asix-week lockdown that was imposed to help curb a growing infection count. Victoria recorded 273 new coronavirus cases and one death in the past 24 hours.
In New South Wales, Premier Gladys Berejiklian cautioned that action could be taken against large gatherings and businesses if people are seen to be ignoring social-distancing measures. The state recorded five new cases on Sunday.
“Do not be surprised if the government takes decisions to further reduce the risk, in the next month in particular, of community transmission getting to a stage where it’s out of control,” she said at a press conference Sunday.
Ubisoft Announces Executive Departures, Vows Changes In Workplace Culture Following Allegations
Ubisoft announced today three high-ranking executives have stepped down following a string of allegations of sexual misconduct and toxic culture throughout the company. This decision comes following an internal investigation in response to the recent accusations of abuse.
Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascoët is resigning from his position effective immediately. He will replaced in interim by Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO and co-founder.
Managing Director of Ubisoft’s Canadian Studio Yannis Mallat and Global Head of HR Cécile Cornet will also be resigning effective immediately.
In a statement Ubisoft CEO Guillemot admitted that “Ubisoft has fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees.” He continues to say that he is “committed to implementing profound changes across the Company to improve and strengthen our workplace culture. Moving forward, as we collectively embark on a path leading to a better Ubisoft, it is my expectation that leaders across the Company manage their teams with the utmost respect.”
Calgary man dies while hiking in Canmore area Saturday: RCMP
A Calgary man died while hiking near Canmore on Saturday afternoon.
Canmore RCMP said a 30-year-old man was hiking near Mount Yamnuska in Kananaskis Country in the scree section of the trail when he fell about 20 feet just after 2 p.m..
China Releases Outspoken Xi Jinping Critic From Detention: NYT
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An outspoken critic of Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party was allowed to go home after being detained by Beijing police about a week ago, the New York Timesreported.
Xu Zhangrun, a law professor atTsinghua University, was released on Sunday, the newspaper cited two people familiar with him as saying. He was taken away by police from his house on July 6 — a move that a friend believed was linked to a book he published in New York last month that contained a collection of political essays criticizing the Communist Party’s rule under Xi.
Beijing police didn’t confirm Xu’s Sunday morning release to the New York Times, and had not confirmed his detention either.
Singapore GE2020: Sights and sounds of a Covid election
SINGAPORE – Some 2.57 million Singaporeans went to the polls to vote in the country’s 13th general election last Friday (July 10).
Dubbed a “Covid election”, the muted event saw the People’s Action Party retain 83 of the 93 contested seats. But it ceded, besides Aljunied GRC and Hougang SMC, one other GRC in Sengkang to the Workers’ Party, which now holds 10 seats, the most for the opposition.
The Straits Times Picture Desk brings you a video wrap of the last two weeks of hustings that shook the political scene.
Singapore GE2020: Get full election coverage on our dedicated site here.
Syria aid deal: UNSC manages to keep only one crossing open
In a setback for millions of displaced Syrians, several attempts to keep a second border crossing open failed to pass at the Security Council.
Millions of displaced Syrians will now have only one Turkish border crossing to receive aid after several attempts to keep a second crossing open failed to pass at the United Nations Security Council.
Russia, backed by China, had been pushing to shut down one of the two border crossings that were still open.
Al Jazeera’s James Bays reports from the UN headquarters in New York.
Hungary Tightens Travel Rules After Virus Spike Abroad
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Hungary has tightened travel rules after a spike in coronavirus cases abroad, including in neighboring countries, cabinet minister Gergely Gulyas said.
The government will conduct health checks at the border and require 14-day quarantines for those arriving from higher-risk countries for the coronavirus while foreigners from the highest risk nations will be barred entry, Gulyas said at a televised briefing on Sunday.
No European Union nation is listed in the “red” category currently, denoting the highest risk, Gulyas said. Bulgaria, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom were among countries listed as “yellow” or higher risk. Authorities will review the list weekly.